Alien Universe Timeline (with Predator and Blade Runner)

If you ever need your fix of dark science fiction, look no further than the Alien Universe. In addition to the classic space-horror genre, certain franchises like Blade Runner and Predator may also be part of the equation. This is the Alien Universe timeline.

What’s on the Alien Universe timeline?

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This timeline includes the primary entries in:

  • The Alien Franchise: Obviously the key part of this timeline is the Alien films and their tie-ins. While much of the old comics and books are no longer canon, much of the newer stuff is (similar to how Lucasfilm rebooted their expanded universe in 2014).
  • The Predator Franchise: First on this list is the Predator franchise, which are largely considered canon in this universe. However, they do often conflict with other pieces of canon in this universe. For example, The Predator should take place only a year before Blade Runner, but the two are obviously in a different place, technologically.
  • The Blade Runner Franchise: Ridley Scott confirmed that the Blade Runner films are part of the Alien Universe, so they are included as well, though as noted earlier, it does conflict a bit with the Predator films. Just roll with it.
  • Alien vs. Predator: While not canon, we do place the Alien vs. Predator films on this timeline just for fun. But keep in mind that they definitely DO NOT fit in the canon, especially since Xenomorphs are only created later in the timeline.
  • Firefly? There is some evidence to suggest that Firefly might take place some 200-ish years after the last entry on this timeline. While not included here, if you want to see it all in order, start with this timeline, then go visit our Firefly timeline.

What is Canon?

The Alien/Predator/Blade Runner franchises are littered with canonical holes and continuity problems. However, it is pretty clear that the primary Alien films, Predator films, Prometheus, and the Blade Runner films are all canon. The Alien vs Predator films are not canon, but I’ve included them anyway, just for fun. There are also a lot of video games, books, and comic books in the series. Most of these are non-canon, but Fox did endorse the recent two Alien video games as canon, so I’ve included those as well as a few more modern comics and books. So hopefully that’s not too confusing.

For those who want to see all of the comics and books that are part of the Alien/Predator timeline, I’m sorry there’s little I can do here, since this timeline focuses just on the canon. Little of the tie-in media has any care for continuity. But with pop culture’s recent glorification of “canon” there are some comics or novels that have become part of this timeline and we can expect more in the future. This timeline does, also, include the novelizations for certain films, so you can enjoy reading those at least. Here’s the Alien Universe story timeline.

entries

ChronologicalSeriesBuyTitleTypeAuthorReleased

1

Predator

Film

Jim Thomas
John Thomas

1987-06-12

2

Predator

Film

Jim Thomas
John Thomas

1990-11-21

3

Alien vs. Predator

Film

Paul W.S. Anderson

2004-08-13

4

Alien vs. Predator

Film

Shane Salerno

2007-12-25

5

Predator

Film

Fred Dekker
Shane Black

2018-09-14

6

Predator

Film

Alex Litvak
Michael Finch

2010-07-09

7

Blade Runner

Novel

Philip K. Dick

1968-04-04

8

Blade Runner

Film

David Peoples
Hampton Fancher

1982-06-25

9

Blade Runner

Game

1997-11-03

10

Blade Runner

Graphic Novel

Archie Goodwin

1982-06-25

11

Blade Runner

Graphic Novel

Michael Green
Mike Johnson

2019-11-19

12

Blade Runner

Graphic Novel

Michael Green
Mike Johnson

2020-06-16

13

Blade Runner

Novel

K. W. Jeter

1995-10-01

14

Blade Runner

Novel

K. W. Jeter

1997-10-01

15

Blade Runner

Novel

K. W. Jeter

2001-11-30

16

Blade Runner

Short Film

Shinichirō Watanabe

2017-09-27

17

Alien

Short Film

Damon Lindelof

2012-10-09

18

Blade Runner

Short Film

Brian A. Alexander
Hampton Fancher

2017-08-30

19

Blade Runner

Film

David Webb Peoples

1998-10-23

20

Blade Runner

Short Film

Hampton Fancher
Michael Green

2017-09-14

21

Blade Runner

Film

Hampton Fancher
Michael Green

2017-10-06

22

Alien

Short Film

Luke Scott

2012-10-09

23

Alien

Short Film

2012-10-09

24

Alien

Short Film

2012-10-09

25

Alien

Film

Damon Lindelof
Jon Spaihts

2012-06-08

26

Alien

Short Film

Ridley Scott

2017-04-22

27

Alien

Novel

Alan Dean Foster

2017-09-26

28

Alien

Short Film

Ridley Scott
Toby Dye

2017-08-15

29

Alien

Short Film

Will Melton

2017-02-22

30

Alien

Film

Dante Harper
John Logan

2017-05-19

31

Alien

Short Film

Will Melton

2017-08-15

32

Alien

Short Film

2017-03-10

33

Alien

Film

Dan O’Bannon

1979-06-22

34

Alien

Novel

Alan Dean Foster

1979-03-29

35

Alien

Short Film

Noah Miller

2019-04-26

36

Alien

Short Film

Chris Reading

2019-03-29

37

Alien

Short Film

Craig Dewey

2019-04-26

38

Alien

Short Film

Aidan Brezonick

2019-04-12

39

Alien

Short Film

Kailey Spear
Sam Spear

2019-04-19

40

Alien

Short Film

Federico Fracchia

2019-04-05

41

Alien

Comic Issue

Dan Abnett
Dion Lay

2014-07-01

42

Alien

Game

Dan Abnett
Dion Lay

2014-10-07

43

Alien

Web

2019-02-28

44

Alien

Graphic Novel

Brian Wood

2017-02-07

45

Alien

Graphic Novel

Brian Wood

2017-10-10

46

Alien

Graphic Novel

Brian Wood

2019-08-20

47

Alien

Novel

Tim Lebbon

2014-01-28

48

Alien

Audio Drama

Tim Lebbon

2016-04-26

49

Alien

Novel

Christopher Golden

2014-11-25

50

Alien

Audio Drama

Christopher Golden

2017-04-26

Comments
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    Michael

    I can’t switch to page 2

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      Jason Hamilton

      Small bug. Should be fixed now.

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    ring tone

    hey, what if theres two different timelines: alien/predator and alien/blade runner. It makes since, because all the ties are with alien, so theres nothing directly connecting predator and blade runner. this should remove lots of contradictions. Oh, and since Prometheus is what really ties alien and blade runner, then that would probably fall into the alien/blade runner timeline, along with alien covenant and associated short films. This would also remove most things making alien vs. predator noncanon. hope this helps

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